Mets Survive Ninth, Defeat Phillies 7-5

It took time and patience, but the Mets won a four hour and one minute marathon 7-5 on Tuesday afternoon inside Veterans Stadium. Steve Trachsel pitched 5 1/3 solid innings and Dan Wheeler came in to save John Franco in the ninth to help the New York Mets sweep the two-game series from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeff Duncan and Joe McEwing combined to reach base eight times and score four runs, and Jason Phillips, Cliff Floyd, and Roger Cedeno each added 2 RBIs as Art Howe's team won four the seventh time in twelve games against the Phillies this season.

John Franco entered in the ninth to try and notch his second save in twenty-four hours, but he allowed a double to Jim Thome that brought the score to with 7-5. A single by Bobby Abreu put runners on the corners before Dan Wheeler entered to strike out Pat Burrell and end the contest.

Steve Trachsel (9-6) earned the victory.

New York (42-57) got to Kevin Millwood (10-7) early. Jeff Duncan began the game by singling up the middle and after Jose Reyes popped up, Jason Phillips was hit by a pitch and Cliff Floyd walked. Third baseman Ty Wigginton then ripped a double into left field that gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Phillips was hit again in the second, this time with the bases loaded, to force home a run.

Roger Cedeno singled home two runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-0 and Jeff Duncan completed the first successful Met suicide squeeze in the fifth to add another.

Philadelphia (55-43) was able to get on the board in the bottom of fifth with a Ricky Ledee fielder's choice that plated Todd Pratt.

The Phillies were able to score three runs in sixth to bring it within 6-4. Pat Burrell tripled into right, though it was misplayed severely by Cedeno, that drove home two runs and chased Steve Trachsel. Graeme Lloyd entered and yielded a RBI single to Nick Punto.

Steve Trachsel pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and fours runs -- three earned -- while walking one and fanning one. Following Lloyd, Edwin Almonte and Mike Stanton combined to work two scoreless frames.

Kevin Millwood -- who came in 2-0 with a 1.79 ERA over his past four starts -- lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering seven hits, five runs, and three walks while striking out five.

C-1B Phillips extended his hitting streak to a career-high ten games and he is 16-for-35 over that span... OF Timo Perez didn't play after leaving Monday's game with a strained calf... SS Rollins returned to action after being out of the starting lineup for four straight games with a strained hamstring... Mets have scored twenty-three runs in their last four runs...

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